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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Homicide Watch DC” sounds like a cop drama, and to be honest it’s got the makings of a police procedural (especially for those of us familiar with the 5th season of The Wire ). Instead Homicide Watch is a crowdfunded, crowdsourced reporting project, covering every homicide in the District of Colombia.

This claim is so bold as to almost be suspect. More than a hundred people are …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As the original mad scientist, Nikola Tesla has been a source of inspiration to geeks of all types for over a century. The Serbian-American electro-wizard transformed the world with his development of alternating current (and inspired direct current supporter Thomas Edison to electrocute an elephant ), before vanishing into madness and obscurity.

If you’re interested in …


When crowdsourcing goes wrong: Lessons in crowd control

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Discovery Channel ever makes a documentary called When Crowdsourcing Goes Wrong, I suggest you watch it. I say this partly because, as you probably know by now, our industry is full of eye candy. After all, there’s no better way to tone up for summer than working long hours in front of a monitor and near continuous travel. Even more compelling, however, is the fact that attempts at using the crowd can be interesting and occasionally hilarious, for all the wrong reasons.

The most recent …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Enjoy the magic of cinema, and give us some social media love!

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… If the researchers manage to hit their goal of a near-instant transcription, you could even watch a play, lecture or movie, no matter where you are in the world.

But what prevents you from getting nonsense like Backstroke of the West ? The reason Star Wars Episode III came out so mangled in this translation (apart from the input of the lizard-being who replaced George Lucas in 1989) is partly because it’s the work of just one person (apparently this person translated what he …

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